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Nick McCarthy’s decision to come out as gay offers hope for sport’s inclusive future

Cian Tracey


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Nick McCarthy during Leinster Rugby squad training

Nick McCarthy during Leinster Rugby squad training

At the age of 27, Leinster scrum-half Nick McCarthy has publicly come out as gay which not only speaks volumes for his strong character, but also the open culture that exists at the club he represents. Photo: Sportsfile

At the age of 27, Leinster scrum-half Nick McCarthy has publicly come out as gay which not only speaks volumes for his strong character, but also the open culture that exists at the club he represents. Photo: Sportsfile

Nick McCarthy

Nick McCarthy

Nick McCarthy

Nick McCarthy

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Nick McCarthy during Leinster Rugby squad training

That Nick McCarthy almost gave up on his dream and everything he had worked so tirelessly for, tells you all you need to know about the heavy burden that weighed on his young shoulders.

That’s the thing with professional athletes, you never really know what’s going on behind the scenes until they speak out and make it clear that, although they are often put on a pedestal, sport stars are not immune to life’s everyday pressures.


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